Created: June 07, 2019 11:51 AM
Duluth, Minn. - Scott Sandelin is staying in Duluth as the longtime UMD Men's Hockey Coach has agreed to a four-year contract extension to remain the Head Coach of the UMD Men's Hockey Team through the 2024-25 season. Sandelin had two years remaining on his deal from an extension in 2016.
UMD announced the agreement on Friday on their website and on social media.
The agreement is pending University of Minnesota Board of Regent approval at its upcoming meeting next week.
Financial terms weren't released, but a UMD official confirmed to Dan Williamson of WDIO Sports that Sandelin's deal will now be for $400,000 in 2019-20, which doesn't include bonuses and incentives, and it will have annual raises of $10,000 per year after that, with the salary reaching $450,000 in 2024-25. The 2016 extension had two years remaining, which were to pay him $330,000 in 2019-20 and $350,000 in 2020-21.
"I want to publicly thank (UMD Athletic Director) Josh Berlo and (UMD Chancellor) Lendley Black for their continued support and commitment to our men's hockey program," said Sandelin in a press release. "I am so fortunate to work with a great coaching and support staff and some tremendous student-athletes. We have worked hard to build a culture of excellence both on and off the ice and I look forward to being a part of that in the years to come."
Among many accomplishments, Sandelin has guided UMD to three NCAA Championships, four NCAA Title Game appearances and a program best record of 369-311-87 in 19 seasons as the Bulldogs' bench boss. UMD has won the past two NCAA Championships.
The extension comes days after a report from TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun said Sandelin would be interviewed for the Head Coaching job with the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.
Hearing that the Anaheim Ducks will interview Minnesota-Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin this week as their search process continues..— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 2, 2019
Sandelin traveled to to Anaheim to interview with them on Monday.
"This agreement further extends the exceptional leadership of Scott Sandelin and his staff," said UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo in a press release. "UMD men's hockey, with Coach Sandelin at the helm, has established itself as the model program over the last decade through competitive excellence, academic achievement and community engagement while also facilitating great success of former Bulldog student athletes in the NHL. I could not be more excited for our team, alumni, fans, campus, University system, and community to continue this tradition of excellence and source of pride for Bulldog Country and the State of Hockey.
Berlo also stated: "Under Scott's leadership, the UMD men's hockey program has provided incredible value through exposure on comprehensive institutional success. The program's recent achievements have generated over $20 million in earned media attention that shines a spotlight on the impressive academics, vibrant student life, groundbreaking research and exciting faculty accomplishments at the UMD. Scott has played a key role in growing revenues and enhancing fundraising for Bulldog athletics as we continue to set attendance and revenue records that contribute to the overall strength and success of the UMD athletics."
Berlo told Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune that both sides had been discussing an extension for awhile and had come to an agreement before Sandelin's interview with Anaheim. Sandelin indicated the same to Wellens.
According to Sandelin, the deal was agreed to well before the Ducks came calling.— Matt Wellens (@mattwellens) June 7, 2019
Sandelin interviewed in Anaheim on Monday. He said he hasn't spoken with the Ducks since returning to Duluth.
Created: June 07, 2019 11:51 AM
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